Kia’s pulled the covers off the brand new Kia Ceed prior to it makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will take on the likes of the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 when it goes on sale in mid-2018.
2019 Kia Ceed Styling
The new Ceed may have dropped the old car’s errant apostrophe however its acquired some stylish styling inspired by Kia’s new Stinger GT. The pinched grille (Kia calls it a tiger nose) between the headlights looks much like the old car however big consumptions and sharp creases make the new model appearance much more aggressive.
It’s a similar story when you take a look at the new Ceed from the side. The old car’s windows snapped up towards the bootlid but the new model comes with a flatter style that imitates the current Hyundai i30 and recently exposed Mercedes A-Class. This makes it look longer, regardless of being the exact same size as the outgoing model.
Walk around to the new Ceed’s boot and you’ll see its brake lights are much narrower and larger than those on the older model. These, integrated with the raised number plate, help emphasise the new car’s width making it look lower and sportier than the old car.
2019 Kia Ceed Interior
To enhance its clever new exterior, the new Ceed gets a completely various cabin to the old model. You get a pared-back control panel style and sporty new dials along with a new infotainment screen that sits above the dashboard rather than tucked under the air vents.
Entry-level cars get a rather little five-inch display screen while mid-range cars get a larger seven-inch screen. Fancy something a little more state-of-the-art? Fork out for a high-spec car and you’ll get an eight-inch touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation. All models come with Bluetooth connectivity as requirement while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone matching are readily available throughout the range.
The new Ceed is 20mm wider than the old car so there’s more elbow and shoulder space for carrying 3 guests in the back. You can likewise lower the front seats better to the flooring than in the old model to give you more headroom in the front if you’re very tall.
Regardless of being not than the old model, boot space has likewise been given a boost– the Ceed will now swallow 395 litres of baggage compared to the old car’s 380-litre capacity. That implies the new Ceed can hold 25 litres more than a Vauxhall Astra and 15 litres more than a VW Golf.
2019 Kia Ceed Engines and Driving
The new Ceed includes the option of 4 new engines. There’s a 1.0-litre petrol with 120hp that’ll be ideal if you live and work in the city and a sportier 1.4-litre petrol model with 140hp. You can likewise get a pair of 1.6-litre diesels producing 115hp and 136hp that’ll be preferable if you do great deals of long motorway journeys.
Whichever engine you choose, the new Ceed features a six-speed handbook gearbox as standard. You can, however, get a seven-speed automated gearbox in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre models that’ll give your left leg a rest in stop-start traffic.
Another feature that’ll assist make the Ceed more relaxing to drive is Kia’s new semi-autonomous driving tech. Pay a little additional and you can get the new car fitted with systems that’ll brake, accelerate as well as guide for you on motorways at accelerate to 81mph. You also get automated emergency braking as basic in mid-range models that’ll assist avoid low-speed accidents by applying the brakes if a barrier is identified ahead.
2019 Kia Ceed Price and Release Date
Kia hasn’t announced just how much the new Ceed will cost however it ought to set you back a little more throughout the range than the outgoing car when it goes on sale in mid-2018. As an outcome, you can anticipate to pay from around ₤ 15,500 for an entry-level car and around ₤ 24,500 for a top-spec model with all the bells and whistles.